Nestled in the natural beauty of the Ouachita Mountains on 1,940-acre Lake Catherine, one of the five popular Diamond Lakes in the Hot Springs area, Lake Catherine State Park features CCC/Rustic Style facilities constructed of native stone and wood by the Civilian Conservation Corps in the 1930s. Situated along the lakeshore are the park's 18 cabins that feature fully-equipped kitchens. Most have wood-burning fireplaces. The park's fully-accessible cabin, the Polly Crews Cabin, was designed in detail to serve the needs of visitors with disabilities. The cabin also includes its own private and fully-accessible fishing pier and boat dock. The 1,160-square-foot cabin is a design inspired by the rustic architectural designs of five other cabins in the park. An accessible parking space and path provide barrier-free access to the cabin. The two-bedroom cabin includes a bathroom offering both a spa tub and a roll-in shower. Just outside the cabin's screened porch overlooking the lake is a large flagstone patio with a picnic table and pedestal grill.
This trail and the waterfall were beautiful! However, it is a moderate-level trail. In fact, all of the trails in this area are moderate-level according to the visitor center. Taking a 4 year old and two dogs was quite difficult...but I'll definitely return because I absolutely loved it, just not with so many responsibilities
This is a beautiful short hike. Get out as early as possible to avoid crowds. Best times to hike would be April after new leaves and anytime in fall especially last week October, first week November fall foliage. Short and sweet but beautiful rocky trail, waterfall, streams make it one not to miss when visiting this beautiful park.
The wife and I had a great hike. There are 3 trails to chose from and we took the one leading to the falls. The trail head map indicated it was a 2 mile trek that takes about 1 1/2 hrs. We completed it in 45 minutes starting around noon on a Saturday. It was hot, but there is a stream that you can find some relief from along the path. The falls were just a trickle... could have been the time of year and the heat wave we are in the middle of. We will be back. The other 2 trails are said to be more difficult and steeper. Wear good shoes.